How to Use Aromatherapy for Maximum Benefits

How to Use Aromatherapy for Maximum Benefits

Aromatherapy is believed to help improve mood, thereby enhancing physical and mental health. Besides being burned, there are various ways to use aromatherapy to get maximum benefits.

There are lots of natural herbs or ingredients that can be processed into aromatherapy, such as lavender, cananga, rose, jasmine, mint, lemon, apple, and sage.

How to use aromatherapy to get maximum benefit

Aromatherapy is widely used as an adjunct therapy or as an alternative therapy. Aromatherapy that can be done at home or found at a beauty center, such as a spa, may also help individuals feel more comfortable in general. However, experts still cannot prove that aromatherapy can prevent or treat diseases.

How Aromatherapy Works

Aromatherapy works by stimulating the nerves of the nose and brain. When we inhale essential oil vapors or essential oils, the aroma will enter the nasal cavity and stimulate the nervous system in the brain which plays a role in regulating emotions.

There are many herbs that can be used as aromatherapy. These plants can be cultivated for flowers, roots, fruit, and leaves. Even herbal plants like kencur and lemongrass can be processed into aromatherapy.

The aroma of essential oils will stimulate the hypothalamus area in the brain to produce the hormone serotonin, which improves mood. Not only that, aromatherapy is also able to stimulate the nervous system which regulates heart rate, blood pressure, response to stress, and breathing.

When used topically, the molecules of essential oils can cause certain effects, such as anti-itching on the skin or pain relief on the joints. But sometimes, the effects are negative, for example irritation or inflammation.

Aromatherapy Benefits

A number of studies have shown that aromatherapy has several health benefits, including:

  • Relaxing the body and mind.
  • Improve sleep quality and help relieve insomnia.
  • Relieve pain, such as menstrual pain, pain from kidney stones, or pain in osteoarthritis.
  • Helps reduce stress.
  • Fights bacteria, viruses and fungi when applied to the skin.
  • Increase immunity.
  • Improve digestion.
  • Relieve anxiety during childbirth.
  • Relieves headaches and migraines.
  • Relieves nausea.

However, aromatherapy cannot be used as the main treatment to treat disease. The various benefits of aromatherapy mentioned above are as additional or alternative treatments.

In addition, the effectiveness and safety of using aromatherapy still needs to be proven and further researched.

Various Ways to Use Aromatherapy

To get the benefits, there are several ways to use aromatherapy that you can choose from, namely:

Aromatherapy vapor inhalation

Inhaling aromatherapy vapors, especially eucalyptus oil, is believed to relieve symptoms of colds and nasal congestion. The trick, mix 1-2 drops of aromatherapy oil in a bowl of warm water, then tilt your head over the basin and cover with a towel. Inhale the steam that comes out of the warm water, for 5-10. Or if you don't want to bother, you can inhale a cotton bud that has been given 1-2 drops of eucalyptus oil.

Using a diffuser

Aromatherapy diffuser is a device used to convert aromatherapy oil into steam and spread it throughout the room. There are various types of diffusers, both from ceramic (furnace) to candles, or those that run on electricity.

Make sure that this aromatherapy diffuser is not used for a long time at home, especially if one of the residents in the house is pregnant or has certain medical conditions.

To take a shower

Soaking in warm water with a few drops of aromatherapy oil can relieve stress. You can use lavender, bergamot, lemongrass, jasmine, rose, thyme, lemon, rosemary, or citrus essential oils.

For massage

When massaging the body, you can mix aromatherapy oil with massage oil. Apart from relaxing the body, this oil mixture can also reduce menstrual cramps and relieve menopausal symptoms.

However, in some people, aromatherapy oils can cause allergies and skin irritation. So, avoid using aromatherapy oils excessively, and make sure the oil has been diluted or mixed with other oils.

Also keep in mind, do not apply aromatherapy oils to any part of the body that is bruised, rash, swollen, or injured.

Body care products

There are various body care products, such as lotions or scrubs, that contain essential oils. Some essential oils are also specially produced to be applied directly to the skin, in order to scent the body.

Despite its many benefits, aromatherapy also has its risks. So, make sure you understand very well how to use it. If you have certain medical conditions, it is advisable to consult a doctor before using aromatherapy. - 100.00%

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